Former Erzincan Chief Public Prosecutor İlhan Cihaner, who is accused of implementing a military plot against religious individuals, had a separate and clandestine interrogation room at the Erzincan Courthouse where he questioned suspects under pressure, a recently published book has revealed.
Cihaner is currently on trial due to a probe he carried into the İsmailağa religious community. A Tunceli court decided last month that Cihaner should stand trial on charges of “abuse of power” and “falsification of documents.” Cihaner is also accused of contributing to a suspected military plot to undermine the ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party). The Yeni Şafak daily yesterday reported on the book titled Ergenekon Fay Hattında Erzincan (Erzincan on the Ergenekon Fault Line) authored by journalist Kemal Özdemir. The book said that based on police reports, the former prosecutor had a special room only for his use and that he interrogated suspects he’d ordered detained there.
According to the book, Cihaner ordered the detention of 26 individuals in Erzincan and its districts as part of the probe in 2009 and these individuals were reportedly interrogated in this room under pressure. The book says a pregnant woman lost her twins during the interrogation. While Cihaner was conducting the probe, Justice Ministry inspectors uncovered irregularities in the İsmailağa probe. An investigation was launched into Cihaner on the grounds that he did not inform the justice minister about his investigation into the İsmailağa religious community. Cihaner allegedly carried out the investigation illegally, in violation of established legal practices, and overstepped his authority. If Cihaner is found guilty, he may face consecutive prison terms totaling up to 26 years.